Senator Pat Toomey and Mehmet Oz in Pittsburgh on Friday, September 30
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Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz painted a dystopian vision of Pennsylvania under his Democratic opponent John Fetterman during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh today where he avoided substantial discussion on his own platform.
At the press-only event at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Oz called Fetterman irresponsible and extreme, and repeatedly criticized his relatively low-key campaign, which he said leaves many voters unresponsive. He was joined on stage by outgoing GOP Senator Pat Toomey.
“It’s like working with a black hole, and these questions come in, but nothing legitimate comes back,” Oz said.
Oz painted alarming scenes of rising crime in Philadelphia, which he said would worsen if the policies championed by Fetterman — a known criminal justice reformer — gained traction in Washington.
“When I was in graduate school, medical school in Philadelphia, you could walk through Kensington,” he said. “You can’t do that now, there are people with needles sticking out of their bodies.”
Oz criticized Fetterman’s high number of state pardons as lieutenant governor, but did not discuss alternative policy measures he would take to combat violent crime as a state representative in Washington. .
Toomey, while insisting that Oz spoke with an “optimistic and positive message about the future”, also devoted most of his short speech to criticizing Fetterman’s candidacy.
Toomey said Fetterman’s positions on crime, health care and taxation represent the far left flank of the Democratic Party and are out of step with the leanings of most Pennsylvania voters.
“At the end of the day, I’m very confident that voters will choose the common-sense solutions proposed by Dr. Oz over John Fetterman’s radical agenda,” Toomey said.
Reached for a response, a spokesperson for Fetterman said Pittsburgh City Paper their candidate is campaigning vigorously despite Oz’s claims that he is evading public scrutiny.
“Today, Oz and his allies have been desperately lying and bashing. Once again, Oz couldn’t even muster enough supporters to hold a public event in Pittsburgh, because he knows that no real no voter will show up to hear him speak,” campaign spokesman Joe Calvello said in an emailed statement. “John holds massive rallies across the state, regularly attracting over 1,000 Pennsylvanians. At these events, we hear from voters saying they don’t want a senator who is a complete fraud, not even the president. ‘AP, and would be an automatic vote to ban abortion and cancel the next election for Trump.”
Fetterman is scheduled to hold a rally in Pittsburgh tomorrow with other Democratic leaders, including Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey and congressional candidate Summer Lee.
Jack Doyle, communications adviser for the state’s Democratic party, also released a public statement shortly after Oz’s visit to Pittsburgh.
“Mehmet Oz is an out of touch millionaire who will say anything to any audience to get elected and knows nothing about Pennsylvanian life,” he said. “If elected to the Senate, he would fight for millionaires with mansions while selling out Pennsylvania families every chance he gets.
After defining his candidacy as “transparent” and open to “tough questions” unlike Fetterman’s, Oz answered several questions from the media but mostly avoided detailed political decisions.
He reiterated his position as a “pro-life” candidate, noting exceptions in cases of parenthood issues, rape and incest.
Pushed on whether he would support a nationwide abortion ban after 15 weeks, prompted by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Oz said he believed decisions about abortion should be made at the level of the state.
Oz also spoke about natural gas as an important resource for Pennsylvania, which he said he would champion in Congress if elected in November. He said the energy industry was being “unfairly maligned” and described policies being considered by green-leaning progressive Democrats as “unrealistic”.
“One of the smartest things we can do as a nation is get natural gas out of the ground, which creates great local jobs here in Pennsylvania and allows manufacturing to thrive,” he said. -he declares.
Fetterman has historically criticized the practice of extracting gas through hydraulic fracturing, but has recently softened his message, noting a need for “energy security.”
Fetterman has also always positioned himself as a strong proponent of abortion rights.
Since the two candidates emerged victorious in the primary in May, Fetterman has consistently led the polls, but recent polls show the race narrowing as Election Day approaches.
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